One of the most pleasing of the tall ornamental rhubarbs, this prehistoric-looking specimen has colossal divided leaves that first emerge in reddish bronze tones. Warm weather brings dark green foliar hues on top and purple-infused undersides plus airy maroon panicles surmounting towering flower stalks. Later red shades enliven the foliage for a superb fall finale. They require deep, rich soil and appreciate mulching in the summer to keep their roots cool, as they detest extreme heat.
Height: 5 to 6 feet
Spread: 3 to 4 feet
Exposure: extra protection from sun. Needs afternoon shade